Nellie Bly’s World – SOME LADIES WHO FENCE

New York World - Sunday, March 11, 1888 Nellie Bly Takes a Hand at Foils and Likes the Exercise It Looks Very Easy, But Isn’t—Women Cleverer Than Men Are—Anybody Can Learn to be Graceful at It—How Members of the Fencers’ Club Dress—Teachers Say That the Practice Is...

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My Superman Story

My Superman Story

A couple nights ago I couldn’t sleep. When this happens, I tend to listen to old-time radio — The Saint, The Shadow, Rocky Jordan, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, etc. This time I turned on my old favorite, The Adventures Of Superman.

Superman has been on my mind a lot lately, mostly because of the renewed debate over Zac Snyder’s Man Of Steel. Listening, I was thinking of how forward-thinking the radio show was, having him fight the KKK in 1946, equating them directly with Nazis. I’m glad that story has gotten a comics adaptation.

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“Iron-Nerved Young Women” – Nellie Bly Visits Female Medical Students

“Iron-Nerved Young Women” – Nellie Bly Visits Female Medical Students

Phew! But it was horrible. I mean that it was horrible to see pretty, bright-eyed, rosy-cheeked young women busily engaged in dissecting. I saw some of these young medical students at work the other day picking, picking, picking, and so learning the beginning, the end and the object of the veins, arteries, nerves and muscles, and I haven’t had much liking for my dinner since.

It came about this way. I had been told that a dissecting-room was connected with the Woman’s Medical College, at 128 Second avenue. This naturally gave me a desire to see the creatures, whom men claim faint at the sight of a mouse, engaged in dissecting. Of course I thought it over for some time, and I wondered if the students ever fainted at the sight of the work before them. More than all I wondered if I could view them at their work unmoved.

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Why Superhero Movies Matter

Why Superhero Movies Matter

I think I'm a bad party guest. Last night I attended my first post-vaccinated dinner party. It was the birthday of one of my wife's high school friends, so it was mostly people I'd never met. Like you do, conversation seeks common ground, and at one point we start...

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Why I Won’t Publish Nellie Bly’s Racist Novel

Why I Won’t Publish Nellie Bly’s Racist Novel

When I found the treasure trove of novels by Nellie Bly hidden in the pages of the London Story Paper, I did not start transcribing them in their chronological order. Instead I farmed out the most legible ones to friends while reserving the hardest to discern to myself, postponing the transcribing of the middle-ground ones, neither illegible or perfectly clear.

This was fortunate, because it left her seventh novel, for the end of the queue.

I had finished nine of her novels when I started transcribing and editing Dolly. Instantly, I knew I had a problem on my hands.

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About David

Author David Blixt’s work is consistently described as “intricate,” “taut,” and “breathtaking.” A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the Roman Empire to early Renaissance Italy up through the Elizabethan era…READ MORE

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